The f-cell award

The f-cell award fosters innovation and acknowledges outstanding developments in one of the most future-proof fields of technology – hydrogen and fuel cells.

Since 2001, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation have supported the f-cell award.

Details for 2021

  • Categories: “Research & Development” and “Products & Markets”. Read more.
  • Jury Members: Details will be posted here when available.
  • Application: The submission period is now closed. The €200 application fee (excl. VAT) includes one ticket to the award ceremony and can be paid here.
  • Deadline: Applications will be accepted by July 9, 2021.
  • Award Ceremony: September 14, 2021, at the f-cell evening reception.

Application period has ended.

Previous f-cell award Winners

We congratulate all the f-cell award winners.


Category: "Research & Development":

Winner: Charles University
Project: Structural modification of Proton Exchange Membrane: Toward stable, low-iridium loading water electrolyzer

Category “Products and Markets”:

Winner: FAUN Umwelttechnik
Project: BLUEPOWER – Hydrogen fuel cell drive trains for a climate-neutral goods and cargo transport


Category: "Research & Development":

Winner: Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems
Project: Through-Plane Ionomer Gradients in Fuel Cell Catalyst Layers for Enhanced Power Density

Category “Products and Markets”:

Winner: Ionomr Innovations Inc.
Project: emion™ Hydrocarbon Proton Exchange Membranes and Ionomers for Fuel Cell Applications


Category: "Research & Development":

Winner: Hahn Schickard Research Institute
Project: Nanofiber interlayer for PEM water electrolysis: strongly improved efficiency and durability

Category “Products and Markets”:

Winner: Alstom
Project: Alstom iLINT Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid Regional Passenger Train


Winner "Innovative Cooperation Projects and Concept Ideas between Baden-Württemberg and Norway":

Project: CO2-free production and distribution of green hydrogen in a collaborative project
Project partners: Hy2gen AG (Holzgerlingen) and Norsk H2 AS (Suldal, Norway)

Special mention

Project: Segmented Bipolar Plates for Alkaline Water Electrolysis
Project partners: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt DLR (Stuttgart), NEL ASA (Oslo), and Helmbold - Messtechnik für Brennstoffzellen (Hofheim)


Winner Category "Research & Development“:

Project: Textile carbon fibre electrodes for microbial fuel cells (TexKoMBZ)
Project partners: Institut für Textiltechnik Augsburg gGmbH und Institute of Applied Microbiology of RWTH Aachen

Category "Products & Market“:

Project: Optimized media for micronAir fuel cell filter type N
Project Partners: Freudenberg Filtration Technologies SE & Co. KG


Category "Products & Market":

Winner: Solaris Bus & Coach S.A.
Runner-up: Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH

Category "Research & Development“:

Winner: Forschungszentrum Jülich: Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK)
Runner-up: German Aerospace Center: Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics and Hydrogenics Corporation


Category "Products & Market"

Winner: ElringKlinger AG

Category "Research & Development":

Winner: Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik (IMTEK) der Technischen Fakultät der Universität Freiburg


Category "Science":

Winner: Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik der Universität Freiburg

Category "Classic":

Winner: Daimler AG
Runner-up: Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH
Runner-up: Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co. KG


Category "Science":

Winner: Fraunhofer Institut IFAM
Runner-up: Universität Ulm

Category "Classic":

Runner-up: Wenger Engineering GmbH

Category "Start Up":

Winner: eZelleron GmbH


Category "Science"

Winner: CAN GmbH

Category "Classic":

Winner: Ceramic Fuel Cells GmbH

Category "Start Up":

Winner: New enerday GmbH


f-cell award

Gold: Daimler AG
Silver: Robert Bosch GmbH
Bronze: SFC Energy and N2telligence GmbH


f-cell award

Gold: REINZ-Dichtungs-GmbH
Silver: WS Reformer GmbH
Bronze: GM Alternative Propulsion Center Europe


f-cell award

Gold: Daimler AG
Silver: Schunk Kohlenstofftechnik GmbH
Bronze: Uni Freiburg and Micronas GmbH

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